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The final game of the season in Pittsburgh will be the Flyers second trip to Steel City in less than a week as the two teams will meet on April 1, as well. Both games will be national NBC broadcasts.
Much like the Devils games in March, the proximity of these match-ups bodes well for some intense hockey between two teams who never have a let down game against one another.
Also, there are bound to be playoff ramifications, as Pittsburgh, currently the ninth seed in the East, will need to make a late season push to get themselves back into the picture. Getting healthy would not hurt either—Sidney Crosby is said to be making strides (no pun intended) towards skating and the role players have been dropping like flies in his absence.
Why I'll be watching: Hopefully to see the Flyers eliminate the Penguins from playoff contention. But if Pittsburgh does not play along and are already no longer in the hunt, then I'll be watching to support the best damn hockey state in the nation.
The Keystone State is the epicenter of NHL hockey in the US. The Flyers have the best fans in the league and the Pens are not far behind, considering they're the state's "second team." Pennsylvania has been represented in four of the first five Winter Classics, as well as three of the last four Stanley Cup Finals.
Also, Bob is a Penguin-killer having never lost in Consol Energy Center. Even if Bryz is "the man" by this late date, could Bobrovsky see time if seeding is on the line?
There is a lot to be excited about (and some worries as well) for hockey fans in Philadelphia and really it all begins with this final game in Pittsburgh.
The Flyers will always be judged on their postseason success and it begins April 7. But until then there are 40 games to be played and still a lot of questions to be answered.
Here's to some great hockey along the way.